Swapo urged to strengthen relations with sister parties

25 Nov 2017 21:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo must consider deepening its ties with former liberation movements and other “progressive parties”, its Central Committee (CC) has suggested.
The CC, in its report to the Swapo Party 6th Ordinary Congress underway here, on Saturday called on congress to support the collaboration the party has with such movements.
The CC noted that Swapo has forged links and bilateral cooperation with many former liberation movements, and such links need to be maintained through future collaborations.
The ruling party enjoys stable relationships with former African liberation movements such as Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (FRELIMO), the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF.
The party also maintains international contacts beyond the African continent, as it collaborates with the Communist Party of China and the Communist Party of Cuba.
The sister relations with these parties have paid off, the CC reported in its submission.
According to the CC report, the Communist Party of Cuba assisted the Swapo Party in the establishment of the Swapo Party School, while its Chinese counterparts arranged a number of study visits for members of the CC.
The former liberation movements were represented at the official opening of the congress on Thursday, delivering solidarity messages.
Swapo has on various occasions also served as guests at the congresses of the various sister parties.
The ongoing congress is expected to elect new members of the CC, while the top-four party positions will also be contested.